Course outline for Year 7 to 9
Year 7 offers an introduction to Spanish language. Students learn how to greet others and how to ask for and give personal information, including describing their family and pets.
In Year 8 students continue to follow the Asset Languages Assessment Scheme and they learn how to talk about their home life, school and town. They begin to develop an understanding of some of the basic grammatical rules of the language.
In Year 9 students extend their grammatical knowledge and vocabulary by studying topics such as holidays, food and health and free time. We undertake mini projects on tourism in Spanish-speaking countries, fair trade and traditional Spanish festivals. We also watch and review an Argentinean film.
Modern Foreign Languages
GCSE French (AQA), German (AQA) or Spanish (AQA)
Chatham Grammar School for Girls has an international outlook and all students study a language for GCSE. We teach a wider range of languages than most schools, try out innovative new approaches to language learning and we make extensive use of ICT, including multimedia language programmes, and interactive whiteboards. We are also developing worldwide links and provide enhanced opportunities for you to undertake visits abroad.
A GCSE in at least one modern foreign language is compulsory. You can also gain a qualification in a second language by making it one of your two options.
As well as deriving enjoyment and benefit from language learning, your linguistic knowledge, understanding and skills will help you to take your place in a multilingual global society and also provide you with a suitable basis for further study and practical use of French, German or Spanish. A GCSE in French, German or Spanish will enable you to:
Develop your understanding of your chosen language in a variety of contexts.
Develop your knowledge of your chosen language and language learning skills.
Develop your ability to communicate effectively in your chosen language.
Develop your awareness and understanding of countries and communities where your chosen language is spoken.
Listening Examination (25%)
Speaking Examination (25%)
Reading examination (25%)
Writing examination (25%)
Unit 1: Listening (25%)
Assessed by listening examination (answers in English and the target language).
Unit 2: Speaking (25%)
Assessed by a speaking examination at the end of Year 11. Students will need to do a role-play, discuss a photo card and have a general conversation.
Unit 3: Reading (25%)
Assessed by reading examination (answers in English and the target language).
Unit 4: Writing (25%)
Assessed by written examination. Students need to do a structured writing task, an open-ended writing task and a translation into the target language.
We run a trip to Bareclona, in collaboration with the Art department for year 10 students. We are planning to extend this opportunity to year 12 students this year. We go for five days and visit the main attractions such as the Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, Gothic Quarter, Montjuic and Picasso Museum. It is both an educational and fun trip which students have very much enjoyed in the past.
Spanish department links
We currently have links with two schools – ECEA in Lanús, Buenos Aires and IES Carmen Martin Gaite, Moralzarzal, Madrid. Year 10 students use the educational site Edmodo to communicate with their peers in Argentina and we are looking to obtain funding from the British Council to develop this link further.